Now, our colleagues at Breitbart.com have reported that the Post story was inaccurate in major regards. One witness, Stu White, told ABC News that although he had been quoted as having “long been bothered” about Romney’s prank, he was not there, and didn’t know about it until this year! Rather than issue a retraction or correction, the paper rewrote Jason Horowitz’s original story to change it to read that White was “disturbed” about the incident after the Post told him about it! The paper’s editors did not inform readers that they had changed the text of the original story.
Moreover, Lauber’s sister, Christine, told ABC News that she knew nothing of the bullying incident. The late John Lauber’s other sister, Betsy, issued the following statement:
The family of John Lauber is releasing a statement saying the portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda. There will be no more comments from the family.
Said Christine, “If he were alive today, he would be furious [about the story].”
Nevertheless, the Post report makes it appear that John Lauber, who died of liver cancer in 2004, had a hard and dissolute life because of the prank played upon him at Cranbrook so many years ago. Readers can decide for themselves whether or not that was the case. But Lauber got a seaman’s license at the University of the Seven Seas, graduated from Vanderbilt University in English, rode horses with the famous Royal Lipizzaner Stallion riders, and worked as a chef in various places, including cooking for American troops in Iraq. His life choices were his own, and no one can prove that Mitt Romney’s forced haircut had anything to do with his successes or his failures.
The major point was well put by Christine Lauber. The Washington Post and other media sources wrote and ran the story for a political agenda: to paint Romney in a bad light and to make voters — especially gay voters — turn against him.
Thankfully, we have an alternative media — like PJM — that calls them out and does not let them get away with such mischief.